Tag Archive for Mark McCullough

July 19 Glimmerglass: Candide

Andrew Stenson as Candide and Andrew Maughan as Cacambo in The 2015 Glimmerglass Festival production of Leonard Bernstein's "Candide" (photo: Karli Cadel)

Glimmerglass’s ‘Candide’ makes political satire satisfying entertainment

Francesca Zambello demonstrates how a musical whose story is based entirely on politics and philosophy can ‘glitter and be gay’

By David Rubin

Leonard Bernstein’s Candide has never been, in any of its many versions, the best of all possible American musicals. The challenges it poses to a production team are simply too many…

June 30 SF Opera: Two Women

Anna Caterina Antonacci (Cesira) with the Allied troops in the San Francisco Opera production of "Two Women" (photo: Cory Weaver)

‘Two Women’ a powerful story full of operatic potential — and music that doesn’t quite match

Marco Tutino’s accessible musical score, steeped in pleasant tunes and harmonies, is largely too tame to confront the violence and grittiness of the story

By James Sohre
Contributing writer

With an intentional nod to verismo opera, its lush melodies and orchestral effects, San Francisco Opera successfully presented the world premiere of composer Marco Tutino’s Two Women…

July 18 Glimmerglass: Carousel

Glimmerglass’s ‘Carousel’ goes ‘round and ‘round on the strength of its music, not visuals

McKinny crafts a formidable anti-hero in Billy Bigelow, and the cast of Glimmerglass Young Artists does justice to Rogers & Hammerstein’s beloved musical

By David Abrams

At first glance, setting Hungarian playwright Ferenc Molnár’s dark and depressing drama Liliom as musical theater hardly seems like a winning formula for making a hit on Broadway…